The Shape of Things to Come…
Every kitchen has three hubs of activity. Can you guess? First, you have your food storage center. Then you have the cooking center. And finally there’s the clean-up center.
The food storage center is just a designers term for your refrigerator,freezer and pantry. If you’re looking for your project to be practical as well as beautiful, BowTie LLC recommend placing your food storage center as closely as possible to your kitchen’s entry.
Follow our advice and you’ll have a shorter distance to walk with heavy grocery bags. On a related note, we suggest placing the components of your cooking center near each other. For example, by having your range and cookware in the same area, you’ll save time, too.
You’ll also want to think about the placement of your clean-up center. A common practice is to place your dishwasher in close proximity to your sink and disposal so dirty dishes won’t have far to travel.
Now that you know a little about your work centers and where to place them, its time to think about how your kitchen should be laid out. All in all, there are five common designs. For more information on each refer to our diagrams.
THE WORK TRIANGLE
No, The work triangle isn’t some mysterious corner of your kitchen where things disappear and are never seen again. It’s the area where you spend most of your time preparing meals. Your sink, range and refrigerator usually represent the three sides should be no more than 26 feet. If the total is less, your appliances are too close. If the sum is more, they’re too far away. So before you finalize your room redesign, make sure it gives you the right amount of room.
One wall or single wall. A one-wall or single-wall kitchen has all its work centers along one wall. This is the least efficient plan, but a necessary in smaller homes and apartments when space is limited.
CORRIDOR OR GALLERY KITCHEN
Similar to the one-wall plan, but better suited for cooking, is the corridor or gallery plan. It offers an efficient workspace for the single cook, grouping work centers on parallel walls. This plan, however, is less ideal for households with multiple cooks. Expect lots of bumping and maneuvering in a gallery kitchen.
If you could use more space, consider a U-shaped plan. It’s perfect for one or more cooks. A common characteristic of this design is a countertops on all three sides, making everything within reach. This layout allows others to pass by the kitchen without interrupting cooking.
The L-shaped kitchen has a definite advantage over U-shaped kitchens thanks to a more generous amount of counter space. With work centers on two adjacent walls, people can come in and out without even entering the work area. Add an island and you’ll encourage interaction between cooks and guests while gaining another work surface.
The G-shaped kitchen is really only a modification of the U-shaped design. Its simply adds an extra wall of cabinets and appliances or a fourth partial wall. To keep you from feeling too closed in, open up one or two of the cabinet sections to adjacent spaces. When you do so, you’ll have a kitchen that’s spacious in every sense of the word.
34′-36′ H counter heights
30′ H dining surfaces
36′-42′ H bar counters
42′-48’H work surfaces
15′-48’H storage access